This is one of my favorite places in the whole world. It’s one of the trails at the Indiana Dunes State Park which is very close to where I live. Many times I have taken a hike out here when I needed to think or clear my head. I think I need a visit!
You know that little voice in the back of your head that tells you there are things you can’t do or shouldn’t do or even wouldn’t do? Please tell me you hear that voice. I’d hate to think I’m the only one who hears it. That little voice has been giving me a hard time lately. I’ve been listening to it too much.
My latest confrontation with the voice was just last night. Some wonderful, amazing friends wanted me to send in an application for something that would be awesome and fun and really amazing. I gave them all kinds of reasons why I couldn’t do it. They tried time and time again to convince me. But, I was letting the voice speak louder.
It kept telling myself that I didn’t have enough time to do a good job on the application. It said I was too old. It said why would they ever pick me when there were so many younger people who would do a better job. It said why, why, why would they ever pick me? And I answered…..damn good question!
I know that I should have taken a stab at this. I know that there is no failure in trying. The failure comes in not trying. I need to be better about believing in myself. I need to take the chances. I need to put myself out there and not worry about the consequences. I think that no matter what you try, you can proud that you put forth the effort no matter how it turns out. Don’t you think?
There is going to be another opportunity to apply for this thing in the fall. I really would like to shut that voice up and find the courage to apply. How do you shut that voice up when it’s talking to you? I could really use some pointers, please.
In the meantime, I’m heading out to the Dunes and doing a little talking with myself. Maybe we can find an answer and some courage.